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Used Crushed Moringa Seeds To Clean Water

It has been proven that crushed Moringa Oleifera seeds can clean water in an affordable manner.

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Numerous studies have been done on Moringa Oleifera seeds and their ability to clean water. Here is the latest study conducted by Penn State.

There is a water treatment plant in Thyolo Malawi that uses Moringa seeds with great success and at a much lower cost than chemicals. 

The great thing about Moringa Oleifera is:

1) It's native to India.

2) It grows extremely fast so it can be scaled up at a low cost.

3) The leaves and seeds have proven anti-parasitic properties (which goes hand in hand with dirty water).

4) It's also considered to be the most nutritious plant on earth (but that's a subject for another OpenIDEO challenge).

There are a number of nonprofit or for profit ways to proceed. The general idea is for a local Indian company to teach families how to use the crushed Moringa seeds to clean their water, and distribute (nonprofit) or sell (for profit) packets of crushed Moringa seeds so families can use the packets to purify their water. If possible, while doing so, they can also teach families how to use Moringa seeds and leafs as anti parasitic medicine.

How would you describe the stage of development of your idea?

  • Conceptual Development

How big or scalable is the potential of your idea?

Since Moringa is native to India, grows very quickly and doesn't require a lot of resources to grow, it can be scaled up cheaply and quickly.

Explain the sustainability aspect of your idea

Since Moringa is native to India, grows very quickly and doesn't require a lot of resources to grow, it is easily sustainable.

What types of financing would be required for your idea to be successful?

Even though India has a low per capita income, there are plenty of rich people in India. There is no reason why they can't finance this themselves to help their own people. After all, isn't karma an Indian concept?

In-country experience

  • Not yet

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I don't live in India but I promote the use of Moringa where ever possible. This challenge was tailored made for Moringa! If you want to find out more about how Moringa can conquer malnutrition around the world go to http://moringainfo.org a nonprofit website that promotes the various uses of Moringa.

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